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The term rāmāyaṇa, literally “the journey or career of Rāma,” has two different, but related, senses in the cultural history of South and Southeast Asia. In the first of these, the term refers to one or another of the myriad folk, epic, dramatic, and literary versions of the tale of the ancient Indian prince Rāma. Thus one may hear such expressions as the “Tulsīdās Rāmāyaṇa,”…

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Robert Goldman and Sally Sutherland Goldman, “Rāmāyaṇa”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_2020060>
First published online: 2012

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